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Student Advisory Council
Do you live in the library? Do you never come to the library?

We want your opinion on how Moffitt Library can best meet the scholarly needs of undergraduates at UC Berkeley.

As a council member, you will provide advice and suggestions at monthly dinner meetings on services, events, programs and technology available in Moffitt Library.

Apply to join the Moffitt Library Student Advisory Council by September 25, 2017.

Movies @ Moffitt: My Love Affair with the Brain, May 3

My Love Affair with the Brain
Spend Wednesday evening of RRR week learning more about your brain, and how it can thrive! This delightful documentary follows renowned brain scientist and UC Berkeley professor emerita of anatomy Dr. Marian Diamond, introducing us to her groundbreaking accomplishments at a time when so few women entered her field, as well as her entertaining teaching style and charming personality.

Wednesday, May 3
Doors @ 6:30pm, show @ 7:00pm
405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Free; open to UCB students only (UCB student ID required).
Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester.

Edible Book Festival 2017: The Results

People viewing the Edible Book Festival Entries

Does reading make you hungry? Have you ever wanted to eat a book? The Edible Book Festival is an opportunity to do just that (or to imagine doing it, anyway). This year’s festival, held on Monday, April 10 in Moffitt Library, was a display of culinary renderings of famous literary works. Entries ran the gamut, from “A Wrinkle in Thyme” (A Wrinkle in Time) to “Red Velveteen Rabbit Cupcakes” (The Velveteen Rabbit) to “Me Guac Pretty One Day” (Me Talk Pretty One Day). Some entries played directly off their book’s title, as in the case of an olive twist bread, while others made references to the content: a daikon radish boat sailing over a pile of collard greens (Love in the Time of Cholera).

Susan Powell with her entry, 'Charred Lettuce Web'
Susan Powell with her entry, ‘Charred Lettuce Web’

Judges Julie Chen, Jean Ferguson, and Susan Schweik selected entries for the categories of Best in Show, Punniest, and Best Student Entry, and Most-Book-Like. There was also a People’s Choice award, for which the 80-plus attendees cast votes for their top three picks. Competition for this award was fierce: the winter was “Love in the Thyme of Collard Greens,” with “Olive(r) Twist” and “The Last UniCorn Dog” taking second and third place, respectively. “Love” also took Best in Show, while the corn dogs went home with Punniest.

Other winners were “The End of Your Leaf Book Club” (The End of your Life Book Club) for Most Book-Like, and “Rye + Pressed Juice = This” (Pride and Prejudice) for Best Student Entry. “12th Night” (Twelfth Night), and “Olive(r) Twist” (Oliver Twist) all took Edible Mentions.

The Edible Books Festival is held on or around April 1, which is the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, author of Physiologie du gout. The other, highly flexible rules of the festival require that all entries “. . . must be ‘bookish’ through the integration of text, literary inspiration, or, quite simply, the form.” It is an international phenomenon, with participation in Germany, Australia, Japan, and China, among other countries. This year’s festival was UC Berkeley’s first, but the judges, participants, and attendees are already looking forward to next year.

'Love in the Thyme of Collard Greens,' an entry in the Edible Book Festival

'12th Night,' an entry in the Edible Book Festival


“Painted Nails” screens on April 5 in Movies @ Moffitt

Painted Nails Movie Poster
Painted Nails is directed by Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin

After learning that her work has caused her life-threatening health problems, Vietnamese immigrant Van Nguyen, a San Francisco nail salon owner, becomes a resolute activist in the fight to regulate chemicals in personal care products, advocating for the safety of nail salon workers and their clientele, both at the local level and in Washington DC.

Wednesday, April 5
Doors @ 6:30pm, show @ 7:00pm
405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Free; open to UCB students only (UCB student ID required).
Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester.

Moffitt Library 4th Floor Terrace Closure, March 27-31

View from Moffitt Library

The Moffitt fourth floor terrace will be closed during the week of March 27-31. This includes the fourth floor entrance to Moffitt Library. Please enter on the third floor of Moffitt next week to access all levels. 

The terrace will be closed as part of the terrace remodeling project. Construction crews will be jackhammering throughout the week. We anticipate this work to be loud and expect that vibrations could be felt throughout the building. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.   

Seeking artists, photographers, data scientists, researchers and designers for Moffitt Library!

Moffitt Art Banner

Moffitt Library invites undergraduate students to submit their art or design works for the 2017-2018 academic year to be displayed on floors four and five. This opportunity is open to current undergraduates at UC Berkeley. Current pieces on display and full guidelines can be viewed online.We are interested in flat, wall-mounted works, including (but not limited to):

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Photography
  • Data visualizations
  • Architectural designs
  • Research posters
  • Graphic designs

Submission deadline lis April 7, 2017. Decisions will be announced in early May. Please direct all questions and inquiries to Jean Ferguson, Learning and Research Communities Librarian, at jean.ferguson@berkeley.edu.

Apply here!

New Exhibit: Literatura de Cordel

Literatura de Cordel exhibit case

This exhibition highlights a collection of Brazilian chapbooks or Literatura de Cordel in the Moffitt Library. These chapbooks are still produced for mass consumption in the Northeastern Brazil. These are called literature de cordel as they are hung from a cord in the book-stands so that the consumers can browse them and select them according to their desires. There are several themes that are portrayed in these chap-books. A story is narrated within the cordel in a poetic form and themes can vary from religious, political, social and romantic. The curatorial team that consists of Dr. Liladhar Pendse, Aisha Hamilton and Kevin Cloud invites to visit the physical exhibit in the Moffitt Library through June 30, 2017. However for those who cannot come to the campus, we have prepared an online counterpart of this physical exhibition.

“Agents of Change” screens on March 1 in Movies @ Moffitt

Movie poster
Agents of Change is directed by Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg.

Agents of Change documents university student activism in the late 1960s that worked toward a variety of goals, including the establishment of black and ethnic studies programs and building resistance to the war in Vietnam. The filmmakers envision this project as part of a social movement, rather than simply a film — a stance demonstrated in the way that the film suggests a continuity of struggle from past organizing efforts to more current movements in favor of justice both on and off campus.

Wednesday, March 1 from 7 to 9 pm
405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library
Free; open to UCB students only (UCB student ID required).
Movies @ Moffitt happens on the first Wednesday of each month of the semester.

Video: Checking out Moffitt’s reimagined study spaces

Library social media interns Chadwick Bowlin and Rika Pokala survey the new study spaces on Moffitt floors four and five.

Movies @ Moffitt on Dec. 7 features The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

The Movies @ Moffitt series features films selected by students for students, on the first Wednesday of each month.

Movies @ Moffitt December 2016

Title: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Director: Brett Story
Summary: An essential documentary, Brett Story’s incisive, investigative and wide-ranging The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is an examination of the prison and its place – social, economic and psychological – in American society. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a sweeping portrait of the prison system, but viewed from the inside-out: through the cinder block walls, the steel gates and razor wires, at the American landscape beyond it.

Date: Wednesday, December 7th
Time: 7pm
Place: 150D Moffitt Library
Doors open @ 6:30pm
You must have a Cal Student ID to attend.

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact the event sponsor prior to the event. The event sponsor is Tim Dilworth, tdilwort@library.berkeley.edu.

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